Nijmegen, Netherlands

Advances in Environmental Life Cycle Modelling

when 5 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 1050

This course focuses on understanding the strengths, limitations and potential pitfalls of determining environmental impacts of a product with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methods. The course will provide you state-of-the-art insights in both inventory modelling (obtaining emission and resource extraction quantities) and impact assessment (determining effects of your emissions and extractions).

The core of the course addresses the modelling of product systems and larger production-consumption networks. For the inventory modelling, it includes recent advances related to the adaptation of input-output techniques and data, allocation issues, attributional and consequential LCA, and the treatment of recycling. The impact assessment covers new insights in impact category and damage-oriented approaches. Starting with general cause-effect chain modelling, at least one impact category, i.e. ecotoxicity, is investigated in depth. The importance of spatial differentiation in a number of impact categories is discussed by using the spatially differentiated, global impact assessment method LC-IMPACT as an example. Dealing with different types of uncertainties in LCA modelling and performing an uncertainty assessment is part of the course. The final day will be dedicated to new developments.

Education forms used are in the form of lectures and in small groups you will work on assignments, where you will inventory and impact assessment processes with, a.o. matlab and excel on your own laptop. This, under guidance of experts in input-output and inventory modelling, impact assessment, uncertainty and variability assessments, i.e. Edgar Hertwich and Francesca Verones from NTNU, Norway, and Rosalie van Zelm and Mark Huijbregts from Radboud University. Before the start of the course you are asked to prepare and read through the material. You are asked to do a simple modelling exercise to have a head start during the scheduled course weeks.

Course leader

Rosalie van Zelm, Assistant professor
Environmental Science

Target group

• PhD
• Post-doc
• Professional

Everyone who is qualified for a doctoral program can apply, which means that you have fulfilled a master degree.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

1. Compile life cycle inventory matrix calculations
2. Understand the scientific background for life cycle inventory and impact assessment models
3. Execute complex life cycle impact assessment calculations and interpret their outcomes.

Fee info

EUR 1050: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

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